HUNT-Class coal burning minesweeper
from Murdoch and Murray in 1916 and
laid down on 5th March 1918. Machinery
was supplied by Rowan at Glasgow. The
ship was launched on 2nd December 1918
the first RN ship to carry this name.
Her build was
completed on 17th March 1919.and then
deployed for mine
work. Unlike her sister ships, on
release from this
work she was laid-up in UK when placed
in Reserve. Following a successful
WARSHIP WEEK National Savings campaign
March 1942 this ship was adopted by
civil community of Thorne, near
Doncaster in the West Riding of Yorkshire.
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Brought forward from Reserve at
Chatham and commissioned for service
minesweeping trials and shakedown
for operational use.
to Yarmouth to join Flotilla.
Deployed with Flotilla for
minesweeping off East Coast.
Flotilla also included HM Minesweepers
ELGIN*, DUNOON* and SUTTON*.
marked * had been held in Reserve in
Malta and Alexandria and
take passage to UK for service in
North Sea. due to increase
minelaying with magnetic mines which
had had made
redeployment in this vulnerable area.)
deployment to ensure clear
passage of shipping in continuation.
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to Harwich in continuation of
(Note: Sister HUNT Class
arrived in UK to complete the
4th Minesweeping Flotillas.)
Coast deployment in continuation
including special clearance of
for use by
RN minelayers during the lay of the
Mine Barrier for the
of convoy routes against attacks by
OF THE EAST COAST by JP Foynes and Naval
East Coast deployment in
continuation based at Harwich.
Sister ship HMS DUNOON was sunk after
mine off Great
Yarmouth on 30th
and was replaced by HMS
East coast duties
in continuation with Flotilla.
Joined HM Minesweepers GOSSAMER,
LEDA, PANGBOURNE, ROSS, LYDD,
and ALBURY of 5th
Minesweeping Flotilla with HMS
and HMS DUNDALK of 4th Flotilla and
took passage to assist in the
of allied troops from Dunkirk
Deployed off beaches to ferry
troops to ships unable to go into
boats used to carry troops from
beaches to HM Cruiser CALCUTTA.
air attacks and continued
Unlike the other ships of the
Flotilla, this ship
was not awarded the Battle
that suggests she may have been
DYNAMO due to
damage. To be further
Pennant Number for visual signalling
purposes changed to J18.
deployment at Harwich with HM
Minesweepers ALBURY, FITZROY,
SUTTON and DUNDALK as 4th
Minesweeping Flotilla for
Flotilla deployment in
anti-invasion measures were introduced
during this period including
off East Coast ports to intercept
passage to Sheerness with HMS SUTTON
to join HM Minesweeper
Escort of RFA WAR NIZAM during
passage to Calais.
(Operation LUCID –
Later LUCIFER. The RFA was to
be used as
inside the harbour. RFA WAR NABOB was
deployed and escorted
by HMS ELGIN.)
Passage to Calais
with additional escort of
Light Coastal Forces craft.
Operation cancelled due to
adverse weather conditions and
returned to Sheerness.
Took passage to Calais
with RFA WAR NIZAM and additional
to be used as a Fireship.
Operation again cancelled due to
weather and returned to Sheerness.
to repeat this operation during
Resumed Flotilla duties at
During Flotilla operation off
Bawdsey, HMS DUNDALK was damaged by a
in tow by HMS SUTTON but sank later on
minesweeping duties based at Harwich
with Flotilla in continuation..
HMS PANGBOURNE and HMS LYDD
transferred from 5th Flotilla to 4th
These ships replaced HMS DUNDALK and
HMS ELGIN which
damaged on 8th November and withdrawn
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coast minesweeping with Flotilla based
at Harwich in continuation.
to Granton, near Edinburgh
for minesweeping off Scottish East
(Note: 5th Flotilla which
had been deployed for this duty had
Flotilla was the only one of this
Class deployed in Home waters.)
with Flotilla to Aberdeen
and continued duties off Scottish
for clearance of British mines in
Northern Barrage between
Faroes and Iceland.
was to create a Gap for passage of
allied ships.. See above
in NW Approaches.
Under air attacks during
passages to and from operational area.
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of clearance in Atlantic
resumed duties in southern North Sea.
Took passage to Yarmouth.
with HM Coastal Minelayer PLOVER off
the Dutch coast as escort
minelay (Operation HS – See Naval
coast deployment with
Flotilla at Yarmouth in
During minesweeping operation
by Flotilla off coast of Norfolk,
ENE of Great
sister ship HMS FITZROY was sunk after
Flotilla was using experimental
with Flotilla to Dartmouth
for minesweeping in SW Approaches to
passage for coastal convoys and to
provide gaps in existing minefields
transit of allied warships during
enemy traffic off French coast.
Sustained serious damage during
air raid at Dartmouth
when a collier ss
FARNWOOD was hit by a bomb
completion of repair resumed
minesweeping duties in SW Approaches
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deployment in continuation.
with Flotilla to Milford Haven for
clearance of existing
minefield off Irish
This proved a long task due to weather
conditions in the area which
Carried out final check of area prior
to new minelay by HM Cruiser
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Approaches minesweeping duties with
Flotilla based at Milford Haven in
to Portsmouth Command and took passage
with Flotilla for minesweeping
operations prior to allied
Ships transferred in Flotilla were
ROSS, SALTASH and SUTTON.)
with Flotilla for mine clearance in
area to be used by
to take part in preparatory exercises
with Assault Forces.
These included minesweeping during
clearance in Channel and exercises
deployment in continuation.
HMS ELGIN seriously damaged by
acoustic mine off Portland and later
economic repair after survey at
Detached from Exercise FABIUS
to recover bodies of personnel drowned
of US Landing Ships during Exercise
TIGER IN Lyme Bay.
LANDINGS IN NORMANDY (HMSO).)
release resumed minesweeping duties in
Allocated for mine sweep in Channel 4
ahead of ships of Assault
Force O to
for support of Operation NEPTUNE.
Carried out sweep in Channel 4
ahead of invasion craft.
Completed sweep of Channel 4
without any incident.
Commenced sweep of area between
Channels 4 and 5 to create new Channel
(Note: Canadian 31st Minesweeping
Flotilla, Danlayers and Motor
For details see above Reference.)
Returned to Portsmouth with
Flotilla when Channel 34 work
Deployed for minesweeping away from
Ships of this Class were not suitable
for patrol deployment off
After completion of NEPTUNE
support Flotilla and resumed
minesweeping in SW
Deployed in Lands End area after
report of mine explosion by
(Note: U-Boats concentrating attacks
in coastal areas frequently laid
HITLER'S U-BOAT WAR by C Blair.)
with Flotilla to Swansea for
minesweeping operations in
and St Georges Channel.
(Note: Atlantic traffic was still
being routed through Irish Sea as
Channel were still vulnerable to air
and HMS ALBURY were under repair at
Approaches deployment based at Swansea
for withdrawal from operational use
with other ships of 4th
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to Milford Haven to Pay-off.
Reduced to Reserve status at
Milford Haven. Paid-off and destored.
at Milford Haven.
F i n a l P h a s e
HMS SELKIRK remained in Reserve until 1946 when she was placed on the
Disposal List. The ship was sold to
DOHMEN and HABETS of Ghent on 17th May
and towed to Belgium for Demolition.